The Epsilon Directive by David Bruns

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published: August, 2016 in Beyond the Stars: At Galaxy’s Edge

Genre: space opera short story

Setting: far future exoplanet

Summary: Short version: A Marine who wishes he was a conscientious objector ends up in a genocide squad Continue reading

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Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza and Steve Erwin

My mother-in-law read this in a book club a decade ago and passed it along to me to read.

Subtitle: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust

Published: 2006

Genre: nonfiction memoir

Length: 214 pages

Setting: Rwanda, 1994

Summary: Short version: One woman’s story of surviving the Rwandan genocide Continue reading

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Jude by Kate Morgenroth

I chose it because it was a J title and I’m trying to finish the alphabet for the year. This is the last letter I need to get all the titles covered.

Published: 2004

Genre: fiction

Length: 277 pages

Setting: Hartford, Connecticut, present day

Summary: Short version: Jude is wrongly convicted and needs to clear his name Continue reading

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The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

This was our book club choice for November. I had heard many people talk about it and thought it might be a good choice for us to read.

Subtitle: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Published: 2013

Genre: nonfiction historical sports

Length: 370 pages of story, 404 pages total

Setting: mostly 1899-1936, near Seattle, and 1936, Berlin

Summary: Short version: The background to the amazing men’s crew win in the Berlin Olympics Continue reading

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If X Is a Real Number by Sofie Bird

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published: May, 2016 in Fireside Magazine

Genre: science fiction

Setting: on a spaceship, far future

Summary: Short version: Maybe someone will survive this spaceship collision Continue reading

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No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

They made a movie out of the book that was up for an Oscar when I picked up the book. Plus, I enjoy McCarthy’s writing style and decided to read the book.

Published: 2005

Genre: fiction

Length: 309 pages

Setting: near the U.S.-Mexico border in 1980

Summary: Short version: A drug deal gone bad and its deadly consequences Continue reading

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Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

This is the first book in the Great Library series. It came to my attention in a post on The Hub about books set in libraries (I’m a sucker for that subgenre – that and books about books). Miss Adventure picked up the second book in the series at our library, and I convinced her to request the first one.

Published: 2015

Genre: YA urban fantasy/alternate history

Font: Bembo

Length: 351 pages

Setting: mostly parts of England and Alexandria, an alternate version of the present

Summary: Short version: The Library of Alexandria is all-powerful and Jess learns that leads to corruption Continue reading

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